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Simmons, Mitchell, Tatum, Kuzma, Markkanen On 2018 NBA All-Rookie Team

May 22, 2018 2:19 PM

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell headline the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Teams as unanimous selections.

Jayson Tatum nearly was a unanimous selection as well, earning 99 out of 100 First Team Votes.

Kyle Kuzma and Lauri Markkanen round out the First Team.

2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team
Donovan Mitchell
Ben Simmons
Jayson Tatum
Kyle Kuzma
Lauri Markkanen

2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Dennis Smith Jr.
Lonzo Ball
John Collins
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Josh Jackson

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Suns Win 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, Kings At No. 2, Hawks At No. 3

May 15, 2018 8:15 PM

The Phoenix Suns have won the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery while the Sacramento Kings moved up to No. 2 and the Atlanta Hawks will select at No. 3.

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Nets)
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Lakers)
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Pistons)
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets

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Jay Larranaga Meets With Bucks On Head Coaching Position

May 14, 2018 5:23 PM

Jay Larranaga met with the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday about their head coaching position.

Larranaga has also interviewed with the Charlotte Hornets and Atlanta Hawks this offseason.

Larranaga is the top assistant to Brad Stevens with the Boston Celtics. 

Larranaga had a long playing career in Europe before going into coaching in 2008. He worked in the NBA’s Developmental League, coaching the Erie Bay Hawks, before being hired by the Celtics in 2012.

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LeBron James: I Have Zero Level Of Concern After Game 1

May 14, 2018 11:33 AM

The Cavaliers were blown out by the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but LeBron James remains optimistic about his team's chances.

“I have zero level of concern at this stage,” James said. “You get better throughout the series. You see ways you can get better throughout the series. But I’ve been down 0-1, I’ve been down 0- 2. I’ve been down before in the postseason. For me, there’s never no level of concern no matter how bad I played tonight with seven turnovers, how inefficient I was shooting the ball. I’m just as confident going into a series whether it’s a 0-0 series or I’m down 0-1. We have another opportunity to be better as a ball club coming in Tuesday night, and we’ll see what happens.”

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Brad Stevens: Al Horford Is Our Rock

May 14, 2018 9:52 AM

Al Horford had 20 points, four rebounds, six assists and two blocks in the Celtics' 108-83 Game 1 win over the Cavaliers. Horford also was plus-17 in the game.

"He's our rock," Brad Stevens said. "He's the guy we really, really lean on."

"[Horford's] playing at a very high level," Kevin Love said. "He's really been an ace in the hole for them."

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Brad Stevens Told Celtics To 'Expedite Learning Curve', Not Use Youth As Excuse

May 11, 2018 11:15 AM

Brad Stevens called a meeting shortly after Gordon Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and the Celtics completed an emotional three-games-in-four nights period.

Stevens warned the Celtics to not use their youth as an excuse.

"Expedite your learning curve," Stevens remembered saying. "If there's film to watch, or something you need to work on with a coach, go do it."

"This is my favorite Celtics team ever, in terms of energy, camaraderie and underdog spirit," Wyc Grousbeck said.

"This is a special team," Danny Ainge said. "This is as much fun as I've ever had."

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Jay Larranaga Considered Strong Candidate For Hornets

May 4, 2018 12:02 PM

Jay Larranaga has emerged as a strong candidate to be the next Charlotte Hornets head coach.

Mitch Kupchak fired Steve Clifford last month after five seasons as Hornets coach.

Larranaga is the top assistant to Brad Stevens. 

Larranaga had a long playing career in Europe before going into coaching in 2008. He worked in the NBA’s Developmental League, coaching the Erie Bay Hawks, before being hired by the Celtics in 2012.

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Hawks Interview Jay Larranaga

May 3, 2018 3:59 PM

The Atlanta Hawks have interviewed Jay Larranaga for their head coaching vacancy.

Larranaga, 43, is a rising young coach, who has been with the Celtics for six seasons, the last four as Stevens’ top assistant.

Larranaga is known for his player development. 

The Hawks are searching for a replacement for Mike Budenholzer.

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Playoff Rest Hasn't Had Impact In First Game Of Next Series

May 1, 2018 11:31 AM

Much was made about the difference in time off between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. The Celtics hosted Game 1 of their semifinals series just two days after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 7, while the Sixers had five days off following a five-game series win over the Miami Heat. 

“That rest versus rhythm notion is certainly true. This is the most time we’ve had off, anybody would have had off, prior to an All-Star break,” Brett Brown admitted before the game. “How we come out and squander that time off after playing in a pretty good rhythm, who knows?”

As the game played out, the Celtics seemed much more ready than the Sixers, who had the look of a team that was out of sync. Philadelphia shot the ball poorly (42.2%) and was dreadful from three (5-for-26). More alarmingly, they were a step slow defensively and allowed a Celtics team without Jaylen Brown to score 117 points. 

“I never felt we were in the game,” Brown said afterward. “I never really felt it was a game.”

In recent history, rest hasn’t had much of an effect on the first game of a postseason series. Since the start of the 2013 playoffs (including this year’s three Game 1s), the team that entered with more rest between series is 10-8. The Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets both enjoyed more rest than their respective opponents, as the Sixers did, and came away with a victory this past weekend. 

“We just have to play. It’s the first game, that’s why it’s a series,” Ben Simmons said. “We have time to correct our mistakes and we know where our mistakes are, that’s the frustrating part. Obviously, those few days off weren’t the best for us and it is good that we took the lesson now rather than later.”

Brown called Monday’s game one of the team’s worst defensive efforts in a while and admitted that they’ll look into using J.J. Redick as the primary defender on Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, who scored 28 points on 16 shots. Al Horford was also left wide open on the perimeter often as Embiid worked to protect the paint.

It may have helped that the Celtics were not only at home, but had also played Saturday’s Game 7 at TD Garden as the Sixers waited to learn whether they’d be traveling to Boston or hosting the Bucks.

“It’s a great question. I don’t know,” Brad Stevens said when asked if the Celtics fed off of the energy from their Game 7 win. “I don’t think we started off the game as crisp as we ended it, but, yeah, that could be – that could certainly be a reason for whether they were a little bit rusty in Game 1 or whether we had the rhythm from Game 7. I guess if we come out here and lay an egg then it would have been, we played the other night.”

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Knicks Receive Permission From Celtics To Interview Jay Larranaga

Apr 26, 2018 11:30 AM

The New York Knicks have received permission from the Boston Celtics to interview Jay Larranaga.

Larranaga met with the Knicks last week.

Larranaga, 43, is a rising young coach, who has been with the Celtics for six seasons, the last four as Stevens’ top assistant.

Larranaga is known for his player development. 

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Marcus Morris Fined $15,000 For Criticism Of Referees
Marcus Morris made his comments to the media following the Celtics’ 116-92 loss to Bucks.

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 17): Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks, Pelicans/Blazers
On Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks and Pelicans/Blazers.

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules
The ranking in the three efficiency metrics for all eight playoff matchups.

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Kyrie Irving Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery
Kyrie Irving had two screws in his left patella removed.

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Celtics Sign Jonathan Gibson For Remainder Of Season
Jonathan Gibson averaged 33.7 points per game this season in China.

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Kyrie Irving Out 4-5 Months With Knee Surgery
The procedure will remove two screws implanted in Kyrie Irving's left patella after the patellar fracture in the 2015 Finals.

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Gordon Hayward Begins On-Court Jogging
Brad Stevens stressed that Gordon Hayward is still a "long, long way away" from basketball activities.

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Celtics Sign Xavier Silas To 10-Day Contract With Hardship Spot
Xavier Silas averaged 18.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.21 steals in 43 games in the G League.

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Kyrie Irving Out 3-6 Weeks After Surgery On Left Knee
Kyrie Irving could return as early as Boston's first round series.

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Kyrie Irving To Undergo Minor Procedure On Left Knee
Kyrie Irving has been expected to undergo a procedure in the offseason on his left knee.

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Walter McCarty Hired By Evansville As Head Coach
Walter McCarty has been on the coaching staff of Brad Stevens with the Celtics since 2013.

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Kyrie Irving To Have 2nd Opinion On Left Knee
Kyrie Irving has dealt with soreness in the left knee and hasn't played since March 11th.

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Marcus Smart To Undergo Surgery On Right Thumb
Marcus Smart will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Gordon Hayward Suffered Setback In Recovery
Danny Ainge said Gordon Hayward is now back on track in his rehab.

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Celtics Hopeful Kyrie Irving's Left Knee Soreness Not Serious
Kyrie Irving is not expected to miss significant time with his left knee soreness.

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Marcus Smart Out Indefinitely With Torn Tendon In Thumb
Marcus Smart will seek additional opinions on his thumb.

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Daniel Theis Out For Season With Torn Meniscus
Daniel Theis was an important rotation player for the Celtics.

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LeBron Was Disappointed Cavs Didn't Acquire More After Learning Extent Of IT Injury
The Cavaliers only acquired a second round pick after pausing the deal and not a young player or future first round pick.

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Gordon Hayward Not Ruling Out Return This Season
Gordon Hayward said he's taking his rehab day-by-day.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Jaylen Browns Walks Off Court On Own Power After Scary Fall
Jaylen Brown landed on his upper back near his neck.

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